In Week 43, Auburn University’s Blayne Barber and David Lipsky of Northwestern shared medallist honours at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate, which was held at Forest Oaks Country Club, near Greensboro, North Carolina.
Lipsky's final-round, six-under 66 followed 68s in the first two rounds. It broke his previous career-best score of 67. The victory is the third of Lipsky's career, the others coming at the 2010 Big Ten individual championship and the 2008 Notre Dame Spring Invitational. The senior ascends 38 places to WAGRank 66 on the back of his success.
Sophomore Blayne Barber, meanwhile, earned his second collegiate win with his 14-under-par score the second lowest 54-hole total in Auburn’s history.
"Today was a good day," said Barber, who is up seven places to 11th in the world. "The last 27 holes was probably the best stretch I have played in while. It's a good feeling. I've been in that position couple times lately and wasn't able to come out with the win."
Elsewhere, 37-year-old Kevin Marsh overcame a four-stroke deficit to win his second successive Stocker Cup at Preserve Golf Club, California. A final round of 70 was enough to take the title by one from overnight leader Brad Wilder, whose challenge fell away with a final day 75. Marsh moves up 37 places to WAGRank 271 this week.
Staying in California, San Diego State University’s Alex Kang took the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, his second individual title. Kang, who advances 122 places to 542nd, signed for a final-round 68 to complete victory in a school-record 16-under-par 197 at the par-71, 6,708-yard course at The Meadow Club. Kang’s team-mate Todd Baek and former US Amateur Champion Ben An finished one stroke back on 15 under.
And finally, Michael Harradine, son of world-renowned golf course architect Peter Harradine, won the Sheikh Rashid Trophy, which was contested at Al Badia and Els Club in the United Arab Emirates, two courses layed out by his father.
"This is easily the biggest win of my career so far,” said Harradine, who makes a meteoric 1121-place rise to 3647th. “It gives me motivation to work harder on my game and I am looking forward to the next few months of the golfing season here.”
The USA’s Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.